Joshua Karsh

Joshua Karsh joined M&S in 2020, opening up the firm’s Chicago office. In his 30 years of practice, Josh has represented all kinds of clients—individual workers and nation states, community-based organizations and litigation classes with tens or hundreds of thousands of class members, sole proprietors and large companies. Josh is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator. He has tried multiple cases to verdict (before both judges and juries), arbitrated and mediated cases, and briefed and argued appeals across the country.

For clients he has represented as plaintiffs, Josh has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars. On behalf of defendants, he has successfully prevented what would have been crushing judgments.

Mostly, Josh likes to stir up “good trouble” (as Congressman John Lewis would call it)—by bringing cases that advance social justice, curb fraud, make markets more efficient, or make government and corporate interests more responsive and transparent. The following is a summary of some of the areas in which Josh has litigated: employment discrimination; voting rights; police misconduct; whistleblower claims and false claims act litigation; consumer protection; free speech (First Amendment); stock fraud, commodities fraud, and shareholder derivative suits; antitrust law; RICO; labor law; partnership disputes; insurance coverage; and immigrant rights.

Before joining M&S, Josh was the Legal Director for the National Immigrant Justice Center. Before that, he was a partner and shareholder in a high-powered litigation boutique in Chicago, where he worked for almost twenty years.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Yale University, and clerked for United States District Court Judge Hubert L. Will. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been heralded as an Illinois Super Lawyer® and listed on the Illinois Leading Lawyer Network List.

Josh has served on the Boards of Directors of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and as President of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and two sons.